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In the Loop February 2018 Edition

Greetings,

February will go down as one of the most heartbreaking, tragic months in the history of Broward County or the State of Florida. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the lives of 17 students and teachers who were lights for everyone in their lives. They were talented, ambitious, and kind souls who did not deserve to get gunned down by this vicious act of violence. Thank you to our first responders and teachers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our children. Broward County Government will do everything in its power to prevent something like this from ever happening again. For now, we are joined as a Broward community in grief and love for the victims and their families.

We are going to have to face each day with courage. Courage to ask tough questions about ourselves and our society. We join with far too many communities that have dealt with this kind of tragedy. Enough is enough. Let’s keep those who are suffering in our thoughts and rededicate ourselves to the larger family to which we all belong.

People around the country and the world have been inspired by the strength, bravery, and positive actions demonstrated by the students who survived this tragic event. We have a responsibility as adults to do what we can to work with them to make change happen. At our February 27th County Commission Meeting, we passed a resolution urging the state to take action on comprehensive gun control solutions. While state preemption laws limit what we can do at the County level, we are determined to do all that we can to put in place common-sense solutions. We also approved the creation of a task force and an independent comprehensive after-action report so we can make improvements in the way we work within and across agencies to prevent such tragedies. Stay tuned for updates on what action Broward County is taking to prevent another tragedy like this.

Students in Parkland Gather to pray

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Broward Days

Broward Days is an annual event when Broward County officials, activists, and municipal interests gather in Tallahassee for face-to-face time with our state legislators that is dedicated to Broward County issues. It also serves as an invaluable opportunity for various interests in Broward to come together and develop unified ideas for making our County better. Much of Broward Days this year was focused on getting major initiatives passed on issues ranging from the environment to economic development to affordable housing. We held several workshops and enlightening panels to figure out the best path forward for our County.

One major issue that was discussed is the topic of home rule and pre-emption. This is a major topic in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. The state is currently allowed to pre-empt us on mostly all gun control measures we attempt to pass. Even if we feel a particular piece of gun legislation is best for our County, it can be struck down, and our officials can be fined and removed from office. It is important that Broward County be allowed to have its own voice and ability to make laws that we feel keep our residents safer.

Leading a panel discussion on economic development at Broward Days

Leading a panel discussion on economic development at Broward Days.

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Coral Reef Bill Passed

Great news for our coral reefs! After many months, the Florida Legislature has passed legislation creating the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area. This legislation creates a “box” stretching from Martin County to Miami-Dade, where scientists can investigate the disease that is destroying the reef and combat it. The bill will take effect on July 1st, helping preserve our reef for years to come. Thank you to Senators Gary Farmer and Lauren Book and Representative Kristen Jacobs for their leadership in introducing it. The South Florida Regional Planning Council has been working together with our partners in the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to make sure our coral reefs are protected. The reef is the basis for a major ocean ecosystem, and a key part of our economy. It is important that we work with our regional partners so that progress can be made to protect it.

Discussing solutions to protect our coral reef

Discussing solutions to protect our coral reef at the joint meeting of the South Florida Regional Planning Council and Treasure Coast Planning Council.

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Spay and Neuter Clinic Open

The Portable Spay and Neuter Clinic is now open in Hollywood. It was my pleasure to attend the ribbon cutting for the Spay and Neuter Clinic in John Williams Park located at 6101 Sheridan Street. The Clinic is a fast, convenient way for you to take care of this critical procedure for your pet. They expect to perform more than 4,500 procedures in 2018! The Clinic will only be open in this location for six months, so don’t wait. To schedule an appointment call 954-463-SPAY or visit the web portal.

Having a great time opening the Portable Clinic – make an appointment today!

Woof woof! Having a great time opening the Portable Clinic – make an appointment today!

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Adult Civil Citation

In February, the Broward County Commission voted to create an Adult Civil Citation Program for certain minor infractions. This program gives law enforcement officers the discretion to issue someone a citation for certain misdemeanors instead of arresting them. I am a strong supporter of this program, as I feel it gives a second chance to Broward residents and reduces the damaging, costly trend of mass incarceration for minor crimes. More than 1,200 people in Broward are currently incarcerated with permanent records for these offenses, at the cost of $55 per day to house them – nearly $25 million a year! It also leaves residents, disproportionately young people of color, with permanent records and trapped in the streets-to-jail cycle. This program places them in a helpful diversion program so they don’t get stuck. Similar programs have had huge success nationwide from Tallahassee all the way to Portland, Oregon. I anticipate that it will have the same positive effect in Broward County.

An example of how well other civil citation programs have worked across the country.

An example of how well other civil citation programs have worked across the country.

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New Terminal at FLL

2017 was a record-breaking year for Broward’s Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport with 32 million passengers going in and out, shattering an all-time high. We are constantly working to improve our airport and keep it world-class quality. On February 1st, we dedicated the new Terminal One expansion, so our customers can fly in style in a top-notch facility. We will continue making improvements to our airport which includes plans for a transportation system that flows from the airport to Broward’s Port Everglades to downtown areas. With more people coming into Broward than ever, we have to do everything we can to make sure they can get around.

Opening the new Terminal One expansion at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Opening the new Terminal One expansion at Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Thanks to Aviation staff, especially Director Mark Gale.

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Black History Month in Broward County

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate black Americans immense contributions to our culture and history, remember the long fight for equality and civil rights, and recognize that despite our progress, we still have a long way to go to make sure every one of our citizens has an equal opportunity and equal treatment in our country, no matter what the color of their skin. The Broward County Library system hosted many exciting events throughout the month that taught us about history and heritage.

On Friday, February 16th, I was honored to attend Broward’s Legal Firsts, a celebration of Broward’s esteemed black legal community. The event paid tribute to the massive contributions of history-making legal minds, including special guests like the Honorable Judge Reddick. The event also featured a screening of the powerful documentary Dania Beach and Liberia, a story of two historically black neighborhoods in Hollywood and Dania Beach. This excellent film did a great job of showing the historic roots of black Americans in Broward County, and the immense contributions of neighborhoods like these to our identity.

Some of the awards given to incredible trailblazers in Broward County

Some of the awards given to incredible trailblazers in Broward County.

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Hispanic Vote

I am thankful for the opportunity I was given to speak at the January meeting of Hispanic Vote, an organization for Latino voters and residents who get involved politically in South Florida. I enjoyed speaking about projects that the County is working on, and answering questions about what our government is doing for people in Broward.

Cafecito With Mayor Beam Furr
I am excited to announce a monthly event created in collaboration with, Broward County Latin Entrepreneurs. The event is titled “Cafecito with Mayor Beam Furr.” These meetings are designed so residents can meet with me in a casual setting, asking questions over coffee. I hope that these events will give me the chance to meet with residents in communities that want more of a voice, and work together to make Broward better. The first meeting will be held Thursday, March 22nd at 7:30AM at Latin American Grill, 12638 Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines.

Thank you to Michael Garcia and Liza Erazo for having me at Hispanic Vote

Thank you to Michael Garcia and Liza Erazo for having me at Hispanic Vote

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Pompano Beach Library

It was my pleasure to participate in the opening of the brand-new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center last month. This state-of-the-art facility is a great new asset for Pompano Beach and its library patrons. Come inside and learn more by attending a cultural event, learning at the computer center, or checking out a book using your library card. The library is located at 50 W. Atlantic Boulevard. I hope you have the chance to check it out.

Overjoyed to open the new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center

Overjoyed to open the new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center

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Participate in My Next Move Employer Recruitment

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Congratulations to Rich Dally

Congratulations to the new Hallandale Beach City Commissioner, Rich Dally. He has been appointed as Commissioner for Seat #2. Rich is an extremely dedicated young man with a terrific vision for the future of the City. Hallandale Beach is fortunate to have him as a Commissioner. I was glad to have had the opportunity to swear him in as he officially took office this month.

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Congratulations Commissioner Dally, Hallandale Beach’s newest Commissioner!

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Hallandale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Installation

Hallandale CHamber of Commerce Directors

Proud to install the new Hallandale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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Waterways Cleanup

The 41st Annual Broward Waterways Cleanup will be held throughout the County on Saturday, March 3rd. This event brings more than 2,000 volunteers to Broward County to clear debris and harmful items from our precious waterways. This is a critical event in Broward County for making our environment the best it can be. To sign up, please visit water clean up website.

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Sign up to help keep our waterways clean.

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Contact Us

Beam Furr on the phone

Our District office is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Public Library at 2600 Hollywood Blvd, next to Hollywood City Hall. This office is open for your convenience Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or you have a great idea, suggestion or an issue that needs my attention, feel free to call me at 954-357-7790 / 7006 or send me an email at bfurr@broward.org.

County Commissioner Beam Furr District 6
Broward County Commission | 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Email - BFurr@Broward.org | Website - Broward.org | Phone: 954-357-7006